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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical Africa, Madagascar, Arabian Peninsula, India, Sri Lanka.
Blepharispermum petiolare

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Shrubs or small trees, erect or scrambling, mostly deciduous
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate or clustered on short shoots, simple, basally 3-nerved
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Capitula in compound ± spherical secondary heads which are solitary or several together in a dichasial synflorescence; individual capitula flattened laterally, each subtended by a single bract, with two marginal opposite lateral phyllaries each subtending a female floret, and with 2 (or 4) functionally male disk florets subtended by paleae, sometimes also an extra pair of narrow lateral paleae; subtending bracts acuminate to truncate, green; bracts of basal capitula wider and flatter than in apical capitula; phyllaries elliptic to obovate with truncate to acute apex; paleae conduplicate, obtuse, apically ± 3-lobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla of female florets cylindrical; achenes black, flattened dorsiventrally, obcordate or obovate to elliptic in outline with attenuate base and a short apical neck, with twin-hairs along lateral margins and in some on a ridge on flat side; pappus of scales, with longer lateral scales Corolla of functionally male florets 5-lobed, white to yellow or greenish; anthers tailed at base; achenes imperfect, irregularly obconical; pappus lacking or of scales
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Receptacle
Receptacle minute, wart-like.
Distribution
Genus of 15 species, 13 in Africa (one extending into Yemen and another into Madagascar), one in Oman and Yemen, and one in southern India and Sri Lanka.

[FTEA]

Compositae, H. Beentje, C. Jeffrey & D.J.N. Hind. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2005

Morphology General Habit
Shrubs or trees, sometimes scrambling
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, sometimes fasciculate on short-shoots, simple
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula in dense heads of heads, the glomerules, these solitary or grouped in cymes, each glomerule formed of many capitula and usually subtended by bracts, capitula disciform
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Phyllaries 3 per capitulum (primary head); receptacle paleate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets 2–6, 2 filiform female and 2–4 functionally male disc florets
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers caudate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes 3-angled, often with twin-hairs (hairs of two parallel rows of cells); pappus of scales or absent.

Native to:

Chad, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Oman, Rwanda, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zaïre

Blepharispermum DC. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Contr. Bot. India: 11 (1834)

Accepted by

  • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • F.T.A. 3: 335.
  • in Wight Contrib. Bot. Ind. 11 (1834)

Flora of Somalia

  • Eriksson in Pl. Syst. Evol. 182: 149–227 (1992).
  • Flora Somalia, (2000) Author: by T. Eriksson [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • T. Eriksson in Plant Syst. Evol. 182: 149–227 (1992)
  • in Wight, Contrib. Bot. Ind. 11 (1834)

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0